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  1. Mike Stanton day-to-day with right hamstring tightness

    Sep 4, 2011, 1:42 PM EDT

    mike stanton on ground

    From Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post comes word that Marlins slugger Mike Stanton is not in Sunday’s starting lineup against Phillies ace Roy Halladay due to tightness in his right hamstring. Stanton was forced from Saturday’s 8-4 victory over Philadelphia after tumbling near first base while attempting to leg out a fifth-inning infield…

  2. Jonathan Sanchez aiming to return later this month

    Sep 4, 2011, 12:56 PM EDT

    jonathan sanchez hurt ap

    Giants starter Jonathan Sanchez hasn’t pitched in a game since August 16 due to a badly sprained left ankle and is still dealing with discomfort here in early September. But he hasn’t given up on returning to action before the end of the 2011 regular season. According to Carl Steward of the San Jose Mercury…

  3. Picture of the Day: Nyjer Morgan is Tony Tombstone

    Sep 4, 2011, 12:03 PM EDT

    Here’s Brewers outfielder Nyjer Morgan dressed up as a cowboy before Sunday’s series finale against the Astros in Houston, Texas. The man who calls himself “Tony Plush” is now going by “Tony Tombstone.”

  4. Mark Teixeira returns to lineup after two-game absence

    Sep 4, 2011, 11:21 AM EDT

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    Mark Teixeira‘s knee is feeling improved. According to Erik Boland of Newsday, the first baseman is back in the Yankees’ starting lineup on Sunday afternoon against the Blue Jays. Teixeira is batting third, behind Derek Jeter and in front of Alex Rodriguez, as the Bronx Bombers try for a three-game series sweep of Toronto. Teixeira…

  5. Reds prospect Billy Hamilton reaches 100 stolen bases

    Sep 4, 2011, 10:37 AM EDT

    billy hamilton reds

    Triple-digit stolen base totals are a thing of the past in the major leagues and are becoming increasingly rare in the minor league ranks. But baseball’s long history is filled with players who have bucked trends, and achieved great success in doing so. Enter Billy Hamilton, the Reds’ top infield prospect. A second-round pick in…

  6. Torii Hunter might retire after the 2012 season

    Sep 4, 2011, 9:49 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Here’s Angels outfielder Torii Hunter, chatting Friday with Jim Souhan of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune: ”I am going to retire an Angel. Next year is my last year, and I’m going to retire an Angel. I’m going to evaluate it this offseason. That’s when I’ll know. It’s 60-40, to the positive, that I’ll keep playing. You…

  7. George Kottaras first to hit for the cycle this season

    Sep 4, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    George Kottaras

    Brewers backup catcher George Kottaras wrote his name into baseball’s history books during Saturday’s 8-2 victory over the Astros, becoming the first major leaguer of the 2011 season to hit for the cycle. Kottaras flew out to left field in his first at-bat, then rattled off four consecutive hits. He deposited a solo home run…

  8. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Sep 4, 2011, 8:34 AM EDT

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    It’s September 4. On this date in baseball history, Yankees pitcher Jim Abbott threw a no-hitter against the Indians (1993), Robin Ventura became the eighth player to hit two grand slams in one game (1995), and the Red Sox officially retired the number 27 in honor of Hall of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk (2000). Your…

  9. Coco Crisp won’t play Sunday due to bruised right foot

    Sep 3, 2011, 10:29 PM EDT

    crisp getty wide

    From Jane Lee of MLB.com comes word that A’s outfielder Coco Crisp will sit out of Sunday’s series finale against the Mariners due to a bruised right foot. Crisp fouled a ball off the foot on Saturday evening and was eventually removed from the Oakland lineup after attempting to play through the discomfort for a…

  10. Hanley Ramirez to undergo surgery on ailing left shoulder

    Sep 3, 2011, 9:13 PM EDT

    Hanley Ramirez

    Bad news for HanRam. According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, the Marlins’ medical staff has recommended surgery for shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who has been bothered by an unstable shoulder since attempting a diving catch in early August. No exact date has been set for the procedure, but it should take place within a week. The…

  11. Peter Moylan set to return to Braves’ bullpen Sunday

    Sep 3, 2011, 8:51 PM EDT

    moylan face getty

    Braves right-hander Peter Moylan underwent surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back in mid-April and hasn’t pitched in a major league game since. That should change tomorrow. Or at some point early next week. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Moylan will be activated from the 60-day disabled list on Sunday…

  12. Jose Contreras undergoes season-ending elbow surgery

    Sep 3, 2011, 7:48 PM EDT

    contreras throws getty wide

    As expected, Phillies right-hander Jose Contreras underwent surgery on Saturday afternoon to clean and repair the flexor tendon in his right elbow. This according to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Contreras posted a 3.86 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 17 relief appearances this season before elbow troubles sent him to the disabled list for…

  13. Johan Santana goes two innings in rehab outing

    Sep 3, 2011, 6:22 PM EDT

    johan santana face getty

    Mets left-hander Johan Santana tried to complete a minor league rehab assignment back in July, but he quickly felt lingering discomfort in his surgically-repaired left shoulder and was shut down for a big chunk of August. Now he’s back at it. According to David Lennon of New York’s Newsday, Santana took a big step in…

  14. Asdrubal Cabrera sidelined with left knee contusion

    Sep 3, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Asdrubal Cabrera

    The Indians beat the Royals 5-4 last night to stay within 5 1/2 games of the first-place Tigers in the American League Central, but they lost another member of their starting lineup in the process. Asdrubal Cabrera is out of tonight’s lineup against the Royals after leaving Friday’s game with a left knee contusion. The…

  15. Reds bring Edinson Volquez back from minors

    Sep 3, 2011, 3:40 PM EDT

    volquez getty

    According to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Reds have recalled right-hander Edinson Volquez from Triple-A Louisville. Volquez, now two years removed from Tommy John surgery, has a disappointing 5.93 ERA and 85/55 K/BB ratio over 16 starts with the Reds this season. However, The 28-year-old right-hander has made some strides since being demoted…

  16. Rangers to skip struggling Alexi Ogando in starting rotation

    Sep 3, 2011, 2:45 PM EDT

    Alexi Ogando

    Alexi Ogando is about to get a bit of a breather. According to Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com, Rangers manager Ron Washington announced this afternoon that Scott Feldman will start in place of Ogando on Monday against the Rays. The struggling right-hander won’t make his next start until September 10 against the Athletics. Ogando was pulled…

  17. Pirates activate Derrek Lee from disabled list

    Sep 3, 2011, 1:40 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Be honest, you forgot Derrek Lee was on the Pirates. It’s a forgivable offense, as he only appeared in five games with his new team before being placed on the disabled list last month with a fractured left wrist. Anyway, Lee is back in the lineup for the Pirates this afternoon gainst the Cubs and…

  18. Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos scouted Yu Darvish in Japan this week

    Sep 3, 2011, 1:10 PM EDT

    darvish presser

    We don’t know if the Nippon-Ham Fighters will post Yu Darvish this offseason, but many MLB teams are getting prepared for the possibility. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels scouted Darvish earlier this summer and Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos told Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com that he went to see the 24-year-old right-hander in person earlier…

  19. Alex Rodriguez is back in the Yankees’ starting lineup this afternoon

    Sep 3, 2011, 12:10 PM EDT

    New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez watches from the dugout as the Yankees take batting practice in Minneapolis

    While Mark Teixeira will miss his second straight game with a right knee contusion, Alex Rodriguez is back in the lineup this afternoon against the Blue Jays. He’ll play third base and bat third against left-hander Ricky Romero. Rodriguez missed the previous six games due to a sprained left thumb. He received a cortisone shot…

  20. The Reds are still looking at Aroldis Chapman as a starting pitcher

    Sep 3, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Cincinnati Reds

    Aroldis Chapman has pitched exclusively in relief this season, but Reds pitching coach Bryan Price told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer that he still sees him as a starting pitcher in the long-term. “I can’t guarantee anything because it will be an organizational decision,” Price said. “However, I do think at some point he’s going…

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